EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR HANDICAPPED CHILDREN
(CFDA No, 84.204)
Legislation: Education of the Handicapped Act, Part C, Section 623, P,L.
91-230as amended, (20 U.S,C» 1423). (Expires September 30, 1986.)
Funding Since 1980;
Fiscal Year Authorization Appropriation
1980 $25,000,000 $20,000,000
1981 20,000,000 17,500,000
1982 20,000,000 16,800,000
1983 20,000,000 16,800,000
1984 26,000,000 21,100,000
Purpose: To support the development, demonstration, dissemination, and
research on experimental educational practices that meet the needs of pre-
school handicapped children.
Eligibility: Public agencies and private non-profit organizations are
eligible for contracts and grants. Only State education agencies or other
State agencies may receive State planning grants.
Program Components: The program supports five types of contracts and
o Demonstration grants to develop service-delivery models based on out-
o Outreach grants to disseminate model programs and help new sites adopt
and implement them.
o State planning grants to assist State agencies in planning, developing,
and providing services to preschool handicapped children from birth
through age five.
o Special project contracts to provide support services to other program
o Research Institute contracts to conduct long-term research into the
problems of young children.
!!• RESPONSE TO 6EPA 417(a)
A. Goals and Objectives
The major change in the Early Childhood Education program resulting from
the Education of the Handicapped Amendments of 1983 was the increased
emphasis on support for State educational agencies under the State planningnot covered by the first